Anniversaries

Anniversaries

Births: Napoleon Buonaparte, French Emperor, 1769; Sir Walter Scott, novelist, 1771; James Keir Hardie, Labour Party veteran, 1856; Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, composer, 1875; Ethel Barrymore, actress, 1879; Edna Ferber, novelist and playwright, 1887; Robert Oxton Bolt, playwright and screenwriter, 1924. Deaths: Macbeth, King of Scotland, killed in battle 1057; William John Thoms, founder and editor of Notes and Queries, 1885; Joseph Joachim, violinist, 1907; Rene-Francois Ghislain Magritte, Surrealist painter, 1967. On this day: the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) was founded in Paris by Ignatius de Loyola, 1534; the Panama Canal was opened officially, 1914; India became independent, 1947; Pakistan, having separated from India, became independent, 1947. Today is anniversary of VJ Day, 1945, and the Feast Day of The Assumption of the Virgin Mary, St Arnulph of Soissons and St Tarsicius.

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